Sunday, January 31, 2010

"They Got This Recession On" Wines, Part 9


I've been knocking back quite a bit of cheap wine lately, not by design but by chance.  Fortunately for me, the wines haven't been all that bad as a rule, and I haven't been chained to them.  Besides, drinking cheap wine gives me a chance to use the title line for this series yet again. 

I was talking with my friend Dominick the other day - he's a wine novice - and he asked me if there was a correlation between price and quality.  I explained to him that the chances of running across a poorly made wine are probably greater on the bottom shelf than the top.  But I also explained that the best wine in the world is the one you like best.  Your personal palate is the one and only arbiter of whether or not a wine is "good."  If it costs $5, great.  If it costs $500, I hope you can afford to have it as often as you like.

Montpellier Vineyards Pinot Noir 2008

I bought this wine on the strength of a restaurant tasting recently.  Denise actually selected it, but I signed off on it, too.  Now I honestly can't recall what I liked about this wine.  Maybe its earthy, herbal character attracted me.  Possibly it was the cola notes.  Now, however, I'm struck - almost as if slapped in the face - with a medicinal edge for which I have no fondness.  The fruit didn't materialize the way I remembered at the tasting. As a parting shot, I'm left with a bitter taste on the finish.


Variety:  Pinot Noir
Appellation:  California
Vintage:  2008
Alcohol Level:  12.5% abv
Price:  $7
Acquisition disclaimer:  Purchased by the author